Police detain suspect in Borussia Dortmund team bus blast case

Germany's prosecutor general on Wednesday said police arrested one suspect following the "terrorist" bomb attack targeting the Borussia Dortmund soccer team bus.

Three explosions went off as the bus departed for the stadium for Tuesday night's Champions League match with Monaco and defender Marc Bartra required an operation for a broken bone in his right wrist after he was injured in the incident.

Spain global Bartra was injured in the attack on Tuesday night as the players began their journey to the Westfalenstadion for their Champions League quarter-final first leg game against Monaco.

The spokeswoman for the Federal Prosecutors, who handle probes into suspected terrorism, said investigators had found three letters near the scene of the attack, all with the same content suggesting a possible Islamist motive.

National media, citing unnamed sources, said investigators were now pursuing a possible Islamist link to the blasts.

According to Bild, apartments were searched for two suspects believed to be associated with radical extremism.

As a gesture of solidarity, Monaco fans began chanting "Dortmund" from the stands of the German Westfalenstadion, where the match had been due to take place.

A letter found at the scene "claims responsibility for what happened", prosecutor Sandra Luecke said late Tuesday, telling journalists that "its authenticity is being verified".

Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said he had paid a visit to the Borussia Dortmund team on Wednesday morning and that it was a hard time for the club.

"Based on an initial assessment, considerable doubts remain on this claim of responsibility", she said.

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A police spokesperson separately said officers were investigating "in all directions" after what is assumed to be a targeted attack.

Lentwojt said she is confident that Dortmund's players will be able to perform in the rescheduled match.

The bus had just turned off the 100-metre hotel driveway on to the Wittbräuchker Strasse when the attack occurred at the junction with Schirrmannweg.

  • Stacy Allen